Fire Alarm Permit

What is it?

You need a Fire Alarm Permit when you are adding, replacing, or relocating fire alarm devices or control units.  You will also need a separate electrical permit for the low voltage wiring associated with fire alarm systems.  

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees are based on the number of main fire control panels or devices being added/relocated as outlined in Table C of the Redmond Fire Department Fees.  A device includes all individual system components including, but not limited to, secondary control units (panels), annunciators, power supplies, manual fire alarm boxes (pull stations), initiating devices (including detectors), notification appliance (audible or visible), transmitters/transponders, door closure holders, any fire safety or related equipment directly operated by a control unit, etc. Half the permit fees are due at time of permit application.  The balance is due upon permit issuance.  

How Long Does It Take?

You can apply at the Development Services Center.  Intake appointments are required when you are submitting any permit that requires plan review or three (3) or more over-the-counter permits. Your application and plans will be reviewed for completeness by our Fire Prevention counter staff to determine if your project qualifies for an expedited review.  If so, your project will be reviewed and the permit issued within 3-5 business days.  Otherwise full plan review generally takes 2-4 weeks.

Steps to Get Your Permit

1. Complete the Fire Alarm Permit Application
The Standard Permit portion shall be used for new systems or for modification of more than 25 devices on existing systems, and/or for installation or relocation of a FACP or transmitter, and /or for any modification of an existing system that doesn’t have a UL Certificate, FM Placard or ETL Certificate.  Electronic plans and documents shall be provided and named as specified in bold type below:

Complete set of "Plans"
  • Plans shall include a site plan of no smaller than 1” : 50’ scale
  • Note on the face of the plans the contractually responsible parties for the following:
    • Monitoring, retransmission of signals, associated record keeping, & reporting of signals
    • Installation
    • Testing and Maintenance
    • Runner Service
  • Copies of Manufacturers “Cut Sheets” on all equipment to be used (specify the model of equipment)
  • “Battery calculations”
  • “Voltage drop calculations” for each indicating device circuit
  • Proposed “zone map” (Zone Map Requirements)

The Quick Start Permit application shall be used for installation or modification of 25 devices or less on fire alarm systems that have a current UL Certificate or FM Placard. Quick Start Permits can be obtained on line through our Online Permit ) process.  Electronic plans and documents shall be provided and named as specified in bold type below:      

  • Copy of “UL Certificate”,  “FM Placard”, "ETL Certificate", or “Fire Operational Permit”
  • “Plans” set for field reference with a description, the location, and the scope of the project
  • Set of manufacturer “Cut Sheets” on all equipment to be used (clearly mark the specific model of equipment used)
  • Complete the Electrical Permit Application or Online Permit Process. 

2. Submit Application
To submit your application, visit the Development Services Center. Be sure to bring payment information as specified on the permit application form.
3. Permit Issuance
Pick up or print permit. You will be contacted when your plans are approved. You can pick up your permit and approved plans at the Development Service Center with a blank USB drive or log into the E-Track Portal where you can print your permit and approved plans.
4. Pay fees. You will need to pay all outstanding fees to pick up or print your permit.